October 2009

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Reports are coming in across Menlo Park as Halloween comes to a close.

The consensus: a particularly balmy evening for trick or treating (no need for coats tonight) with, according to door counts, some really dead zones (Suburban Park for one), some middling zones (the neighborhood around Oak Knoll School) and some pretty lively areas like the Willows, where  over 200 trick or treaters were recorded tapping on individual doors.

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Halloween parades – and pumpkins – all over town

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The University Park neighborhood was in full Halloween mode, closing a block of Stanford Ave and covering (at least part of) it in straw. Morning featured a pumpkin carving with results  judged on wide-ranging merit. The parade got underway around 3:00, after one final group shot of the kids and their very creative costumes (thanks […]

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It’s udderly Halloween

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Led by Hillview and La Entrada school bands, Menlo’s annual Halloween made its way from Burgess Park to Fremont Park shortly after  noon today. Transformers seemed a popular choice for boys age four to six. Girls of a similar age choose Wonder Woman, when they weren’t being fairy princesses. And what was with all the […]

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Last Dance for a Great Jazz Band Director

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Menlo Atherton High School held its 26th annual Big Band Dance tonight in Ayer’s Gym, the last to be conducted by much beloved Band Director Frank Moura (right). Attendees came with their dancin’ shoes on and were treated to a great rendition of Stormy Monday, among other jazz standards. The event, sponsored by the M-A […]

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Food supreme this Halloween

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Food items are, evidently, the hot ticket this Halloween, as evidenced at Oak Knoll School this morning. Besides a strip of bacon, a pound of Peet’s coffee and a root beer and fries there was a box of baking soda, several bananas and even a chef to chase them all back to the kitchen. Camera-toting […]

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Scary times in Menlo

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Slowly, the ghosts and jack-o-lanterns and creepy giant spiders have been making their way back into view in local yards from wherever it is such creatures spend their days off from Halloween. Some of these displays have become all but traditions, like this illuminated pumpkin lamp post on Oak Knoll Lane. Kicking off 48 hours […]

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Where were you when a “radical idea” was born?

Something very radical happened four decades ago, and this contributor was a part of it due to her location at the time – UCLA – and her roots growing up in Menlo Park.  She doesn’t remember what was doing that day, but somewhere across campus (she didn’t hang with the geeks), graduate student Charley Kline […]

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Calling all M-A grads – time to reunite!

The Menlo-Atherton Alumni Committee has launched a brand new website in the hopes of rounding up – and connecting – graduates of the high school, which opened in 1951. It was created by Chris Rubin, class of ’97, who currently works at the high school. Explains Rubin: “We have some very passionate alumni who would […]

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Faces of Menlo: Moses Moreno

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15,000 haircuts, and more than 30 years into his tenure in Menlo Park, hairstylist Moses Moreno is the preferred sartorial provider for a large and steady contingent of CEOs, venture capitalists, doctors, Stanford types and, even, just plain folk (like the Google guy who computed the haircut total.) Moses has plied his trade for 22 […]

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Last minute Halloween preparation

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The Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch was a busy scene  as local families  made their final Halloween preparations.  The city of Menlo Park will hold its annual Halloween festivities this Saturday – October 31 – beginning with a costume parade for youngsters from Burgess Recreation Center to Fremont Park starting at 11:45 am.  A magic show […]

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Time to Reflect on Teen Suicide

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Diverse faith and spiritual communities are coming together this afternoon (Sunday, October 25) from 4:00 to 5:00 pm for a time of reflection and healing in the wake of of teen suicides that have occurred over the past few months in the mid-Peninsula. The setting is the chapel at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (330 Ravenswood […]

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